Concert schedule for live music shows in New York City in September

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Die Antwoord

  • Price band: 2/4
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It seems like an eternity ago (2010, for those keeping track) that the Web reached a collective frothing point over the Die Antwoord’s early videos, which chronicled a surreally scuzzy South African subculture known as zef. But the Cape Town dance-rap collective still turns heads now and again with statements such as this year's "Pitbull Terrier" vid, which featured prosthetics, a whole lot of

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Tue Sep 9
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Spoon

  • Price band: 2/4
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During a wildly acclaimed 20-year career, Britt Daniel & Co. have risen far beyond their roots as indie-rock underdogs. "Rent I Pay," the sassy, driving lead single from the new They Want My Soul, finds the Austin institution in a comfortable, unmistakably Spoon-y groove.

  1. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Enter park at Fifth Ave , at 69th St
  2. Wed Sep 10
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers + Steve Winwood

  • Price band: 3/4
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Few would contend that Tom Petty deserves the rock-bard designation rightly bestowed on Neil Young or Bob Dylan, but then again, Petty has penned more indelible radio hits than the other two combined. It's gonna be a dad-rocking good time here, as the Florida road dog supports his effortlessly cool latest, Hypnotic Eye, with help from veteran British soul-pop belter Steve Winwood.

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Thu Sep 11
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The Gaslight Anthem + Jimmy Eat World + Against Me!

  • Price band: 2/4
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New Jersey's Gaslight Anthem gigs hard and fast, with a working-class populism that comes with the state’s birth certificate—you can hear it on the group's latest, Get Hurt. Beloved Arizona emo-rockers Jimmy Eat World and passionate punks Against Me! start things off.

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Sat Sep 13
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Lorde + Majical Cloudz

  • Price band: 3/4
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The recently crowned New Zealand pop princess plays three New York shows with the comparitively little-known Montreal duo Majical Cloudz, bringing its grim confessionals and stark sonic minimalism along for the ride. What aesthetic qualities tie together the indie-pop sensation and her opening support? We're not quite sure, but both have mastered the art of the brooding stare.

  1. United Palace Theatre 4140 Broadway, at 175th St
  2. Sun Sep 14 - Tue Sep 16
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Joyce Manor

  • Price band: 2/4
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Unhinged Cali emocore types Joyce Manor play behind its new third album, Never Hungover Again, on Epitaph. On Sept 15, the Exquisites and Mike Bell & the Movies open.

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Mon Sep 15
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Glass Animals

  • Price band: 2/4
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When Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley first posted the band’s R&B-laced indie-pop online in 2010, the response was immediate and favorable, prompting him to quickly take the songs down. Come again? The truth was that Bayley was pursuing his medical degree, and like a good English chap, he didn’t want to get too wrapped up in all of this music hoo-ha. Two years later, with studies complete,

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Mon Sep 15
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Billy Joel

  • Price band: 3/4
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Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. Because you had to be a big shot, didn’t you, eh, Piano Man? (P.S. Welcome back.)

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Wed Sep 17
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King Crimson

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Of all the great prog-era dinosaurs still roaming the earth, Robert Fripp's 46-year-old art-rock institution has remained the most committed to reinvention. Every time the group reemerges—e.g., in its fierce, angular early-’70s incarnation, or its sleekly modernized early-’80s one—it's typically a butterfly-from-a-cocoon situation. Word has it that there's no fresh material in the works

  1. Best Buy Theater 1515 Broadway, at 44th St
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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The Replacements + The Hold Steady + Deer Tick

  • Price band: 3/4
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Too polished to be punk but too trashy to be pop, ’80s alt-rock pioneers the Replacements finally bring their reunion tour to NYC. Word has it that, even after 22 years, Paul Westerberg & Co. can still deliver the sloppily passionate goods. Brooklyn bar band extraordinaire the Hold Steady and rollicking, Southern-tinged roots alt-country rockers Deer Tick open.

  1. Forest Hills Tennis Stadium 69th Ave, at Burns St
  2. Fri Sep 19
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The Weeknd

  • Price band: 2/4
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The 24-year-old alt-R&B enigma Abel Tesfaye, voice of the Weeknd, returns for his biggest NYC show yet. Not all of Tesfaye's recorded music lives up to the deafening buzz he elicted upon his 2011 online emergence, but at its best (e.g., the Drake collaboration "Crew Love," a cover of M.J.'s "Dirty Diana," "Elastic Heart" with Sia and Diplo, and a handful of tracks from 2013's immersive Kiss

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Fri Sep 19
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The Dandy Warhols

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Dandy Warhols were never anyone’s idea of visionaries—even their best work is steeped in glorious West Coast emptiness. The Portland, OR, quartet once functioned as a dapper sponge, soaking up the culture and funneling various trendy sounds through its drone. In the ’90s, this meant paying homage to the ’60s; the early ’00s brought the band up to Reagan-era pop. Now, the Dandies

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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Stromae

  • Price band: 2/4
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If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change really soon. The electro-songsmith and recent Time Out New York cover star—real name: Paul Van Haver—specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic, and he's a huge star in his native Belgium. The mania seems to be spreading, judging by the high demand for these big NYC gigs.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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OK Go

  • Price band: 2/4
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The quirky Chicago alt-rock band more famous for its music videos than for its actual music has a new album due in October, Hungry Ghosts, and yes, a trippy optical illusion-laden video for single "The Writing's On the Wall." But are people actually into the band? This big Bowery Ballroom show suggests yes.

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Panda Bear + Blues Control

  • Price band: 2/4
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Panda Bear, a.k.a. Animal Collective indie-pop visionary Noah Lennox, is currently working on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, the follow-up to 2011's Tomboy—a dazzling effort that paired Lennox's Beach Boys–y vocals with more organic, but still weird, musical textures. Odds are you'll get a peek at some new material at these gigs, also featuring lo-fi ambient mainstays Blues Control.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Tue Sep 23
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The Black Keys + Cage the Elephant

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Black Keys, the little Akron, OH, blues-rock duo that could, has evolved into a world-class psychedelic pop powerhouse, fueled by Dan Auerbach's cool croon and Patrick Carney's bouncy beats. Here, the pair supports its immersive latest, Turn Blue, with help from Cage the Elephant, a Kentucky outfit that mines a good-time ’70s-rock vibe.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Wed Sep 24
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Lily Allen

  • Price band: 2/4
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Five years and change after her last album, pop vixen Lily Allen returned to the spotlight earlier this year with a new effort, Sheezus. The sassy Brit attracted a fair bit of criticism: First, there were claims that her video for “Hard Out Here,” which employed only black backup dancers, was a tad, well, racist. Then Allen admitted on Twitter that her first singles for Sheezus were

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Wed Sep 24
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Earth

  • Price band: 2/4
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Sunn O))) did a major service to Earth (the band) by name-checking the veteran Seattle outfit constantly—not to mention reviving its monolithic sound—as it ascended the avant-metal ranks. Earth capitalized on the favor by reemerging in an entirely overhauled guise, the latest example of which is a tenth studio LP, Primitive and Deadly, recorded with an expanded lineup including Sunn O)))'s

  1. Saint Vitus 1120 Manhattan Ave, between Box and Clay Sts, 11222
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Christopher Owens

  • Price band: 2/4
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Those still mourning the split of San Francisco’s psych-tinged indie-rock duo Girls, wipe away those tears: Frontman Christopher Owens's solo career seems to have stuck, and he's playing Williamsburg just a week before the release of his second post-Girls LP, A New Testament. If the lead singles are any indication, you're in for a set of beautifully bittersweet pop, informed equally by country,

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Broken Bells + Hamilton Leithauser

  • Price band: 3/4
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Broken Bells—the band co-led by Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, and Shins singer James Mercer—takes the stage in the wake of its sophomore effort, After the Disco. The group isn't winning any awards for compelling stage presence, but its lush, dancey pop is so damn enchanting you'll hardly notice. Charismatic Walkmen crooner Hamilton Leithauser opens, performing cuts from his solo debut,

  1. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Enter park at Fifth Ave , at 69th St
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Bruce Hornsby

  • Price band: 3/4
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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bruce Hornsby’s music keeps being re-cool-ified. Hornsby is the very exemplar of dad-rock: Ninety-nine percent of the young population has been blasted with the piano man’s work on a family road trip at some point. So it stands to reason that Tupac should have a mellow moment sampling “That’s Just the Way It Is” and that, more recently, indie-rock

  1. Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall) Broadway, at 60th St
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Global Citizen Festival 2014

  • Price band: 3/4
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Returning for a third year with another big bash in Central Park, Global Citizen allows you to earn your way in to catch a starry bill—Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., the Roots and Tiësto—by performing civic-minded acts, with a goal of eliminating extreme poverty around the globe by 2030. (Or you can, you know, shell out big bucks for VIP tix.) Get started by visiting globalcitizen.org.

  1. Central Park, Great Lawn midpark, from 79th to 85th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

  • Price band: 3/4
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Led Zeppelin may be in the midst of a snazzy, full-catalog reissue campaign, but don't get your hopes up for a U.S. tour. This fall, leonine lead man Robert Plant is on the road with his current cross-cultural concern, the Sensational Space Shifters, touring behind a sensuous new African-tinged soul-meets-rock set, lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.

  1. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Sep 28
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